Gendai onibabako: Satsu ai (現代鬼婆考 殺愛) (Japan, 1973)
A 300 year old witch agrees to assassinate a dead-sick businessman and his ignorant sexy wife upon the former’s own request – the kills are to take place in separate locations at the same time. The granny then exits the same way she entered his office, with rope via 20th floor window! And it gets even better when you realize the granny is played by Sonny Chiba. Chiba soon takes his own handsome form and retreats to plan the hits with his karate killer sister (17 year old Etsuko Shihomi in her first role).
A decently insane fantasy / karate / murder thriller based on a Kazuo Koike manga, brought to the small screen as a 46 minute TV movie, the final one shown in the “Suspense Series” slot (Toei / Mainichi Broadcasting System). The script by Koike himself is fabulous, with twists like the businessman receiving a call from hospital that they made a mistake and he’s not dying from cancer after all, the kills set to take place in the afternoon at 02:02 (o-ni, o-ni, as for “demon in Japanese”) and Chiba promising to buy tasty bread for Shihomi as soon as all targets have been murdered!
The closest comparison point would probably be Wolfguy (1975), and although not as wild or graphic, this still packs a punch and manages to throw in some nudity (courtesy of Tomoko Mayama from the first Lone Wolf and Cub film). Oh and the scene where the cute as a button mini-skirt Shihomi takes down a roomful of men with karate… you’ll need a face massage to get the resulting smile to go down.
The title, Gendai onibabako: Satsu ai, roughly translates as “Modern Witch Tale: Murderous Love”.